Catalytic Activity of Noble Metal Nanostructures for Sustainable Energy Processes
Student Reseacher: Shawn St. Clair
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Jeremiah Mbindyo
The goal of the study is to investigate the catalytic activity of unimetal and multimetal nanostructures. Of particular interest are core-shell nanostructures featuring a Pt or Au shell, both of which are highly efficient but also expensive catalysts, and a core of Ni or Co, which have less stellar catalytic properties but are more affordable. Since catalytic activity occurs on the surface of a catalyst, the investigations can lead to cost effective methods for producing high surface area catalysts for applications in areas such as fuel cells and catalytic converters. Techniques to be used include electrochemistry, UV-visible absorption spectroscopy, scanning and transmission electron microscopy.
Student Researcher: Benjamin Daum
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Patricia Hill
Although they were not aware of it, ancient civilizations' production of stained glass windows was done through the use of nanotechnology. In Nanoparticle Study, lab time is used in an attempt to recreate the look of ancient stained glass through the production, isolation, and entrapment of various nanoparticles -including selenium, gold, and silver- in a polymer and glass matrix.